We currently have lens and lenses tags. "Lens" seems to be more used, and yesterday I've tried moving ~5 questions from "lenses" to "lens", but "lenses" tags shows up again, and I guess it makes more sense to use it, since some questions deal with lens comparisons and singular does not make sense there. Should I try to move all "lens" to "lenses", or is there some other way to handle this?


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I think it should be lenses only. Having only one tag keeps all lens related questions together and in my opinion having it plural makes more sense since the questions are after all about lenses, some only about one but together plural.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I prefer the singular "lens" over the plural "lenses", but choosing one or the other is the really important thing here. \$\endgroup\$ Jul 16, 2010 at 23:13
  • \$\begingroup\$ The reason I like the plural better might well be that English is not my first language and in Icelandic the plural has a more natural feel to it. \$\endgroup\$ Jul 17, 2010 at 16:35

This is really a question of singular verses plural tags.

Stackoverflow has tag synonyms to link tags that are considered the same.

Perhaps we should just wait a while and see which is naturally more popular? What people tend to tag will also be what people tend to search for...

  • \$\begingroup\$ In that respect, [lens] wins, and also happens to be the most popular tag in use on the site \$\endgroup\$ Jul 20, 2010 at 18:29

I guess it depends on what the question is about. If it is a question about a specific single lens, then the lens tag is appropriate. However, if the question has to do with a variety of lenses, the lenses tag is more appropriate. Despite the fact that they are similar, they are not identical, and have different meanings.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I think we should put something about this in the FAQ, or somewhere on the site. To make it clear. \$\endgroup\$
    – NickAldwin
    Jul 16, 2010 at 15:08
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    \$\begingroup\$ Disagree, too much specialization. Whether I'm searching for information on a particular lens or I'm trying to find something about lenses, 'lenses' seems fine to me. \$\endgroup\$
    – gabr
    Jul 16, 2010 at 16:40
  • \$\begingroup\$ @gabr: I would be fine with one tag, as I generally prefer fewer rather than tons. I do see a distinction between these two, however the distinction is rather slim, and they could easily be rolled into one. \$\endgroup\$
    – jrista
    Jul 17, 2010 at 1:50

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